According to an April 25 report from CBS Sports, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (19-1-0) puts his title on the line against hard-hitting knockout artist Glover Teixeira (22-2-0) in the main event of UFC 172. The event, which features a co-main of Phil Davis vs Anthony Johnson, goes down at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore.
Jones, 26, will be putting his belt on the line for the seventh time, and Teixeira might be his toughest challenge yet. Teixeira, 34, is a knockout ace who trained under the tutelage of former UFC champ Chuck Liddell. Teixeira has won 20 fights in a row, including 13 by way of knockout. Will his striking be enough to finish Jones at UFC 172?
While it's true that Teixeira is a gifted striker with one-punch knockout power, UFC fans are sleeping on Jones' submission game. Jones has finished the best of the best by submission, including a victory by Americana over Vitor Belfort and a tapout of Quinton Jackson by way of rear-naked choke. Jones is also superb at sinking in fight-finishing guillotine chokes.
Jones finished both Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida with guillotine chokes. Teixeira likely has the advantage if the fight stays standing, but Jones is always one step away from stopping a fight with a submission. Jones will also enjoy a two-inch height advantage and nine-inch reach advantage. It's going to be tough for Teixeira to get inside on Jones.
Whoever wins the tilt between Jones and Teixeira will earn a shot at Alexander Gustafsson later this year. The winner of Jones vs Teixeira likely fights Gustafsson at the UFC's year-end card in December. Whoever wins the UFC 172 co-main between Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson will also be in the mix for a title shot.
UFC President Dana White already said that Davis can't jump past Gustafsson in the title picture with a win over Johnson, but a win at UFC 172 would keep him in the top five in the division. Davis has been gunning for a shot at Jones for some time now. UFC 172 is set for April 26 in Baltimore.